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Poster: sunmonster Date: Apr 9, 2008 5:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

I do believe that deadheads' same, positive reaction to the music, however good or bad it was played, contributed to the band's ever-increasing distance from deadheads, and to individual band member's (i.e.: Garcia) isolation. The earplug monitors the band started to wear in the '90s said it all to me.

That said, there were many, MANY times that I really had a great time, even if it wasn't a five-star show.

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Poster: Sugar Sweet Date: Apr 10, 2008 12:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

I don't buy it.

If you are at a concert, you have an incentive to try to encourage the musicians to get inspired and play their best, even if they aren't. Those who have been on the stage now the feeling. An appreciative audience usually has a better effect on the quality of the music.

If only we all had Bobby's problem: too much appreciation!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 10, 2008 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

Agreed...were they actually going to change up mid set as a result of what they saw in the audience?

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Poster: sunmonster Date: Apr 10, 2008 5:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

It's one thing to be appreciative... even if it's appreciating the screwups. Some of the best moments I've had at shows were when someone flubbed an obvious lyric, for instance (before this became all-too-common), and the crowd would roar in empathetic approval.

But it's another thing to have the same level of approval for every show. If you don't do something well, and someone tells you you were great, how does that make you feel? Do you trust that person? In the end, I think it makes you isolated ..

Now can you have fun at a sub-standard show? There's no doubt.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 10, 2008 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

Yeah, I hear you on those points.

I too loved the change up and out right screw ups on lyrics. Everybody did. M&MUnc, with Bob saying something along the lines of "...starts to draw, I hit him once, cracked him in the jaw..." or some such. Loved it. June, 75.

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Poster: sunmonster Date: Apr 10, 2008 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

One of my favorite screw ups of all time happened to be the only show I ever was (or wanted to be) in the front row for G.A. seating: 3/27/85 at Nassau. During the Touch of Grey encore, Jerry totally blew the bridge after the solo, and the band could not recover gracefully. I think the crowd loved it, but no one was smiling on stage!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 10, 2008 7:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

That had to be "good". Can't say I ever witnessed an instance in which the band seemed to react to a screwup, other than Bob sometimes saying "sorry about that" inbetween verses...always thought that was cool.

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Poster: Sugar Sweet Date: Apr 10, 2008 10:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

The Dead's loose approach to performance meant that mistakes and screw ups were quite common. To love the Dead, you have to be able to take the bitter with the sweet. (I have a number of friends who don't like the Dead for that reason: their loss) If I were the Dead on stage, I would not interpret applause after screw-ups as an endorsement of the screw-up, but as an acknowledgement of hard core fans that a screw-up took place, and shrugging it off as no big deal.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 11, 2008 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead heads as critics

Yeah - If you get a response for a screw-up at least you know the fans are paying attention . . .and you better get your act together and pay attention in return!!

Favorite one liner: I'm so broke I can't even pay Attention.